When she’s not rescuing bees, teaching about bees, photographing bees or managing one of her fifty colonies… she’s sleeping and dreaming of bees.

Hilary Kearney founded Girl Next Door Honey in 2012 in her home town of San Diego, California after graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Fine Art. Breaking from tradition, she developed a beekeeping business. Girl Next Door Honey focuses on bee-centric programs such as natural beekeeping classes teaching about bees, rescuing them and providing presentations and beehive tours. She also has a lovely shop of goodies and a new book called Queenspotting that will teach you and your family how to “spot the queen” and be on your way to Beecoming Friendly.

She has a wonderful following on instagram where you can follow her adventures. She provides a wealth of information such as the rating scale called the unique Manuka factor (UMF), where the higher the number means the higher the quality in this rare type of honey.

Girl Next Door Honey is made in backyard hives! She is integrating bees into the local ecosystem through a network of backyard hives instead of lumping them together on some distant apiary. She offers teaching tools, photographs, honey and the coolest bee suits to get you and your kiddos started!

The number one thing people can do to help bees is not actually to have a bee hive but to plant bee flowers.